PEA News

May 19, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP members,

May 11, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP Members,

May 07, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS Members, 

The PEA Executive has approved a one-time Pandemic Emergency Layoff Support for you. This support is in the form of a $500 gift to laid-off SMS members. 

May 01, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Earlier this week, the HSPBA announced a $5mn fund negotiated with the BC Ministry of Health to recognize the contributions of health science professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 27, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP members, 

April 20, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP members,

April 20, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP Members,

The intention of this email is to clarify the options available to GLP members who are working remotely while also caring for children at home during COVID-19.

April 19, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Temporary unpaid job-protected leave during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 16, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear members,

April 15, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS members,

Thank you for your continued commitment to your work during this challenging time.

April 09, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

April 02, 2020

Dear PEA Members,

April 01, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The “working short” premium, negotiated for nurses in the last round of bargaining, has been reworked in a deal between the BC Nurses' Union and the employer to pay nurses a premium during the COVI

March 31, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals
March 30, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS members,

We will be hosting two member meetings this week to discuss your layoff and your rights under the collective agreement. 

March 30, 2020

Many of our members have been asked to work from home as we fight to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

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The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 1

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The January-February 2020 issue includes a Vancouver Sun op/ed piece from PEA Executive Director Scott McCannell on the Legal Services Society strike.

Read the January-February 2020 issue

 

 

The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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